Official opening for one of Scotland's most advanced hospitals
The £100 million New Victoria Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland which is transforming the balance of care away from inpatient overnight procedures to same day treatment, has been officially opened by First Minister Alex Salmond and Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.
Designed by HLM Architects the hospital provides MRI scanning, chemotherapy and renal dialysis services, as well as twelve, 23-hour, short stay surgical beds, enabling clinicians to extend the range of surgical procedures offered, and a dedicated Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).
Speaking at the event, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This impressive high-tech hospital is already making real improvements to the quality of patient care in Glasgow. It is delivering impressive patient-focused services, such as faster diagnosis and treatment, which are designed to benefit patients and meet their needs."
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “Advances in surgery also now mean that the majority of surgical patients at the New Victoria can now be treated and go home the same day. I know how hard the staff here have to work to make the new hospital what it is – one of the best-equipped in the country – and I congratulate them on their achievement.”
The New Victoria Hospital opened its doors to patients on the 8th June last year. It is one of the most modern and well equipped hospitals in Scotland and will treat more than 400,000 patients every year. The bright interiors and decor comprising natural wood, and a fresh colour palette add a hint of serenity to the patients visit, limiting stress and aiding the fast healing time.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Andrew Robertson, said: “We are part way through one of the most exciting and ambitious hospital modernisation programmes ever undertaken in the UK and the New Victoria is a vital element in this programme. I am delighted with what we have achieved here – an iconic hospital which not only looks beautiful for staff and patients but also delivers better models of care.”